The Peoria Javelinas took on Salt River on Saturday afternoon on the road. Two Pittsburgh Pirates were in the starting lineup, while another two came into the game late. Peoria took a 9-0 lead in the sixth inning. That was after yesterday’s game when they led 8-0 early, only to lose 10-9 to this same Salt River club. In this game, the Javelinas barely held onto their lead, winning 9-7. They now have an 8-6 record.
Jared Oliva just missed the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and an RBI. He also scored a run. Oliva has collected six doubles, while the triple was his first of the fall. He now has a .425 average and a 1.174 OPS in 12 games.
This video shows how close he came to getting the cycle. He just needed the home run at this point, hitting this double, then striking out in the eighth.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 5, 2019
Jason Delay has had a rough first five games, going 2-for-17 before today, with two throwing errors and a lot of stolen bases allowed (six in one game, five in another). Things didn’t get any better, as he went 0-for-4 with his third throwing error, leaving him with an .095 average.
Beau Sulser made starts in each of his first two AFL appearances. On Saturday, he came out of the bullpen in the seventh inning and went two innings, allowing solo runs in each inning (one unearned). He gave up three hits, hit a batter, struck out two and didn’t issue any walks. Sulser threw 24 of 34 pitches for strikes. He has a 6.43 ERA in seven innings, with seven walks and seven strikeouts.
Nick Mears followed Sulser, looking for the save. He retired the side in order on 18 pitches (12 strikes), while picking up one strikeout. Mears has thrown 4.2 scoreless innings this fall, allowing just one hit.